Pluto In Ernest Hemingway's 'Black Cat'

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Describe the narrator as a child and trace his decline. On what does he blame his evil ways? What name does he apply to this malady?
In the introduction of himself and the story, our narrator describes himself as docile and fond of animals from infancy. He goes on to explain how his adoration of pets extended into his adulthood. As he and his wife adopted a plethora of animals, our narrator grew attached to a black cat named Pluto. However, as Pluto ages, the narrator falls into severe alcoholism. Moreover, he dubs his affliction Fiend Intemperance. Eventually, his drinking led to the abuse of his once-loved animals.

Describe Pluto. How do the narrator and his wife initially react to him?
Pluto is an all-over black cat who is absolutely
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Specifically, the cat is found in an atrocious bar. Though the same as Pluto in almost every aspect down to its missing eye, the new cat differs in its coloration. The cat had a white patch on its breast that later came to symbolize the gallows. Without a doubt, the gallows upon the cat represent the future of its owner. As it is later alluded to, the cat's owner soon becomes a convicted felon and is awaiting his mandatory death. Additionally, it is a symbolization of his further descent into madness. For example, the fur upon the cat slowly takes the form of the gallows. Similar to his madness, it progresses slowly but suddenly is recognized. Furthermore, the discoloration occurs as the narrator loathes the cat even more.

Explain the circumstances concerning the murder of the narrator’s wife.
As the narrator plans to kill the cat, he acquires an axe and swings at the animal. In an act of bravery, his wife attempts to intervene and stops the blow. For that reason, her husband becomes infuriated no longer with the cat, but with her. Then, he strikes her in the head with an axe and she dies almost immediately. Her death greatly differs from Pluto’s. Mainly, the narrator feels not a twinge of regret and does not show he is capable of any emotion besides unadulterated fury. This signifies that he has, at last, completely succumbed to his

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